The Terrorist Caucus in the House

Ilhan Omar has exposed the greatest liability America faces in the global terror war.

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Representative Ilhan Omar is a Minnesota Democrat who has been in Congress four months and, courtesy of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she has privileged access to classified American secrets. Omar recently caused a stir – one of many that have made her a focus of national attention - by describing the attack on America on 9/11, as an attack on Muslims. The 9/11 attack - the worst by foreigners on American soil since the British burned the White House in 1814 - was in fact the work of Islamic supremacists engaged in a global jihad or “holy war.” This war had been unilaterally declared on America – “the land of Jews and Crusaders” - by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist army, al-Qaeda three years earlier.

Omar’s reference to the tragedy that befell Americans in September 2001 was revealing in itself. She prefaced it by complaining that Muslims in America were “second class citizens” who were denied the civil liberties afforded to other ethnic and religious groups. This was one of many lies in her brief comments. Then she invoked the massacre of 50 Muslims at worship by a deranged individual in New Zealand, while failing to mention the recent Muslim massacre of Filipino Christians at worship or the hundreds of attacks by Muslims on other religions since the beginning of the year.[1] Then she referred to the 9/11 atrocity not as an “attack” but as a non-descript event whose real significance was that it led to the creation of CAIR – the Council on American Islamic Relations - which presents itself as a Muslim civil liberties organization, and on whose platform she was speaking.

“CAIR was founded after 9/11,” she said, “because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”[2] The platform on which Omar made these repulsive claims – all of them false – was an organization created by the Muslim Brotherhood, the fountainhead of the Islamist jihad, and its terrorist offspring Hamas. As it happens the Brotherhood is the crucible doctrines that inspired Osama bin Laden and the terrorists responsible for 9/11.[3] Omar has headlined multiple fund-raising events for CAIR, which is still headed by the same individuals who ran the Hamas entities, from which it was created.[4]

Even Omar’s statement that CAIR was created in response to alleged attacks on Muslims after 9/11 is false, since CAIR was created in 1994, seven years earlier. Her statement that all Muslims began losing their civil liberties because of 9/11 is also false – and insulting - since President Bush went out of his way to deny that 9/11 had any Islamic dimension, despite the overwhelming evidence that it did, and to protect the Muslim community from reprisals, which included shipping members of Osama bin Ladens’ family, who should have been interrogated, to the safety of Saudi Arabia for their protection.[5]

The number of incidents of Americans taking out their frustration and anger on Muslims at that time or since – if one considers the circumstances - is quite small. According to the FBI, American Jews are five times more likely than Muslims to be the victims of religious hate crimes – many of which have been incited by the poisonous anti-Israel propaganda spread by pro-Islamist groups like the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as by congresswoman Omar herself.

Not only has Omar keynoted fund-raisers for the Muslim Brotherhood network in America, she has pleaded for leniency for an Egyptian terrorist member of the Brotherhood and for 9 Somali Muslims in her district who attempted to join ISIS.[6] Thanks to decisions made in the Obama White House her congressional district has, in fact, provided the most ISIS recruits of any congressional district in America.)

Omar is not alone among members of the House in her close alliance with terrorist groups. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib recently headlined a fund-raising event for American Muslims for Palestine.[7] This is an organization created and controlled by Hamas which funds the Jew-hatred campaigns of Students for Justice in Palestine on American campuses and spearheads the terrorist-backed Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement that seeks to strangle the Jewish state.[8] Tlaib is an unapologetic supporter of the terrorist regimes on the West Bank and in Gaza.

The Hamas-controlled American Muslims for Palestine is one of the founders of the recently formed U.S Council of Muslim Organizations.[9] This is an Islamist coalition composed of the leading Muslim Brotherhood groups in America. The purpose of the council is to conflate all Muslims with the Islamists – the Muslim supporters of jihad. Shortly after its formation it hosted a “Muslim Advocacy Day” which was attended by Omar, Tlaib and their unwavering ally Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is not a Muslim but a dedicated activist in the Islamist-Progressive Alliance, whose members are united in their hatred of the Jewish state and their solidarity with Palestinian terrorists.

This “unholy alliance” – as I described it a book by that name published fifteen years ago -cseems now to have infiltrated the ranks of the leadership of the Democratic Party.  When Trump criticized Omar’s slurs about Americans’ reaction to 9/11 saying “We will never forget,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi circled the wagons around her, claiming she was the victim and implying that the president was inciting a lynch mob against her.[10] Senator Bernie Sanders, leading in the polls for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination had previously defended Omar when she drew fire for her anti-Semitic attacks on Jews as having dual loyalties and bribing U.S. officials to support Israel. According to Sanders, this was legitimate criticism of the government of Israel: “It is not anti-Semitic,” he said, “to be critical of a right-wing government in Israel.” Now in the wake Trump’s criticism of her attack on 9/11, SanderS wrote: “Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.”[11]

These sentiments were echoed in statements of support from all the leading Democrat candidates for president, who elevated Trump’s comment, “we will never forget” into an incitement to violence against Omar because she was a Muslim. In the words of Elizabeth Warren: "The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it."[12]

As of this writing, there have been 34,887 “deadly terror attacks” by Muslims against Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Hindus, Buddhists, and other “infidels,” which have resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths.[13] Democrats and progressives seem to think this slaughter of innocents in the name of Allah is not actually the work of Muslims but rather of impostors who have hijacked the Muslim faith while not actually believing its tenets. They cling to this view even though the Quran instructs its followers to “slay the infidels wherever you find them” and specifically prescribes beheading them – “strike them in the neck.” Progressives persist in this self-delusion even though the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas and other terrorist groups are guided by leading Muslim scholars like Sheik Yousuf  Al-Qaradhawi, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood itself, who claims the Holocaust was God’s punishment of the Jews for their corruption, and will be repeated, “next time, Allah willing, at the hands of the believers.”[14]

Unable to distinguish between peaceful Muslims and Muslim supporters of Islam’s holy war and its goal of Islamic supremacy, progressives like Sanders, Warren and Pelosi conflate the Islamic terror networks with all Muslims. In doing so, they unwittingly serve the ends of the Muslim Brotherhood and the jihadists, who are our mortal enemies. Here is the way Qanta Ahmed, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations views Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and her claim to represent Muslims:

Rep. Ilhan Omar continues to be an embarrassment and a disgrace for me and other American Muslims with her outrageous, ignorant, anti-Semitic and now anti-American comments. And while Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, holds herself out as a proud Muslim, she repeatedly projects a distorted and patently Islamist interpretation of Islam – a religion that in reality stands for the values of justice, peace and ethical conduct.[15]

As for Omar’s remarks on 9/11:

Omar should be honest. There is no escaping the fact that the atrocities of 9/11 were not simply committed by ‘some people.’ Islamist jihadists were responsible and they came from within the Muslim fold…. Living at the time in the Saudi Kingdom – the epicenter of Islam – as the world learned the identity of the 9/11 terrorists, I wondered how my religion had been hijacked by suicidal killers who claimed they had a religious duty to kill innocents. And I knew from that moment that these murderers would now become the face of Islam for many non-Muslims who know little about a religion with more the 1.6 billion followers around the globe.

The ignorance of the Democratic Party leadership and of progressives generally is the greatest liability America faces in the global war that Islamic supremacists have declared on us. What Ilhan Omar has exposed is the extent to which the Islamists and their secular allies have now infiltrated and seduced our major opposition party. This can only have a crippling effect on our efforts to defend ourselves from the greatest threat to our nation since the end of the Cold War.




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